What is Cruising with a Cause?
"Cruiser" is the term that has been adopted to describe those who spend extended periods travelling by yacht.
As cruisers we tend to spend extended periods living in the country we have voyaged to rather than just visiting it. This provides us with the opportunity to become immersed in the culture of the country rather than just observing it.
We get to visit all the mainstream tourist attractions as well visiting some of the jewels that often lay off the beaten track. It is however also true that when we venture off the beaten track we sometimes are confronted by the realities of life for those less fortunate than ourselves.
One of the questions we are often asked is :
"What can we do to help and show our appreciation for being welcomed when we go cruising?"
Many people have differing opinions about this.
Items such as pencils, crayons, colouring books, clothing & hats are all common gifts that cruisers tend to give when they visit the islands . There is nothing at all wrong with doing this the children LOVE to receive these items .
The adults on the other hand appreciate the more essential items such as a sack of flour and or rice, some eggs , a few litres of long life milk , canned meats and the like.
A balance of these type of gifts will be well received and your experience will be enhanced as a result of your generosity.
A small donation can also make a difference however your time, your skills & your compassion, these are by far the greatest gifts and that's what Cruising with a Cause is all about !
Please see the following links to some of the Cruising with a Cause initiatives the Down Under Rally are proud to be a part of and learn how you can also get involved.